Matfield will lead the Bulls against the Crusaders having taken two spells on the sidelines this season because of shoulder problems. His return comes a week after the Bulls lost their unbeaten record to the Highlanders on the first leg of their away tour.
The return of their skipper means Dannie Rossouw moves from the second to the back row. The Bulls first defeat last weekend allowed their biggest rivals, the Sharks, to take over at the top of the Super 14 table.
Habana, like Matfield a World Cup winner in 2007, returns on the wing after having surgery on a hand injury picked up in an earlier game at home.